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i have recently been diagnosed with ms and am on several meds for pain and baclofen at night.  i have been told to
carry on living my life as before work etc.  can i still enjoy a night out with alcohol? thanks chez
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You surely should not drink any alcohol at all while taking pain medication, or any medication for that matter.
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Hi Chezza - sorry for the dx :(

In terms of lifestyle - you absolutely should not deny yourself those pleasures that bring a smile to your face. But, pain meds, and alcohol can be lethal.

Please abide by those printouts/instructions/prescribing info that come from the pharmacy or pharm company.
We've not met - so hello to you.
And, will you be starting a DMD for your MS?
-Shell
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Hi there, I find when I have a drink of alcohol I can't drink that many.  I find it take less drink to  get a buzz, so be careful if you are going to go out and drink.  I used too, can't anymore.  One or two is my limit.

I also get a headache the next day only after one or two, so drink alot of water if you going to have more then one.. OK

take care
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You surely should not drink any alcohol at all while taking pain medication, or any medication for that matter.
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HI and welcome to our forum.

My suggestion is to read all the inserts that come with your meds to find out whether alcohol is contraindicated.. Sometimes it's a matter of increased drowsiness, sometimes it's more serious. Then check with your doctor. If you explain that this is a once in a while thing and you'll limit yourself to 2 at most, spread out over several hours, you might get an okay. Drink tall drinks with lots of mixer, and nurse them. That is, if your doc agrees. Don't drive afterwards.

We DO have to have a life, after all. Best of luck to you.

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yes, you should carry on with your life as it was before the diagnosis.  Baclofen  is a muscle relaxant and most certainly shouldn't be mixed with alcohol.

Red
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Go ahead and enjoy the night out.  Check with your doc to see if he thinks adding alcohol is alright (be sure to remind him of the medications he has prescribed for you).

Personally, I stopped drinking when I realized MS caused plenty enough off-balance walking, slowed cognition, thick speech, blurry vision, and unreliable reaction times.  MS also limits my activity so much that even small portions of nutritious calories pack on extra pounds.  

Empty calories are hard for me to justify these days.  I will occasionally take a taster sip of hubby's alcoholic beverage.  Otherwise, I've lost my desire to use alcohol to reproduce MS-type symptoms I struggle to relieve when sober.

Mary
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So hysterical!!!  I just recently well in May when I had my first episode, stopped drinking alcohol completely.  My reasoning was the EXACT same as yours.  Why pay to get the same symptoms that I am trying to get rid of???

Your post made me laugh....Thanks.
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thanks nice to talk to you all , never been on a forum before, my friends are unaware that i have ms, am blagging that have bad back hense the wobble and limp/ two drinks and and look a total drunk these days many thanks for advise
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thanks have now been told drink in moderation but will probably quit, thanks for getting back to my first post on the forum.

chezza
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my weight has increased massively lol i smiled at the empty calories phrase as my life is a constant empty calorie, am working on it tho,  thanks for getting back to me my first forum post new to all this xx
chezza
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thanks wobbly, i get your drift why make the wobble worse? sometimes just want to escape it tho. thanks for making me smile.  chezza
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I admit I tried taking a nice long sip that ended up being an entire glass of Long Island Iced Tea.  I did not take pain meds with it fearing a bad outcome.  However, it was the last alcoholic drink for me.  I was sicker than ever.  Meds and alcohol just don't mix.

Dang it!!
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